Poulton-le-Fylde railway station

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Poulton-le-Fylde National Rail
Poulton-le-Fylde
Poulton-le-Fylde station sign in 2013
Location
Place Poulton-le-Fylde
Local authority Wyre
Coordinates 53°50′54″N 2°59′26″W / 53.8484°N 2.9906°W / 53.8484; -2.9906Coordinates: 53°50′54″N 2°59′26″W / 53.8484°N 2.9906°W / 53.8484; -2.9906
Grid reference SD349395
Operations
Station code PFY
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.301 million
2005/06 Increase 0.321 million
2006/07 Increase 0.339 million
2007/08 Increase 0.365 million
2008/09 Increase 0.384 million
2009/10 Increase 0.392 million
2010/11 Increase 0.418 million
2011/12 Increase 0.449 million
History
15 July 1840 Original station opened
1896 New station on realigned route
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Poulton-le-Fylde from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Railways in Poulton-le-Fylde. The dates refer to passenger services.

Poulton-le-Fylde railway station serves the town of Poulton-le-Fylde in Lancashire, England. It is managed by Northern Rail, but also served by First TransPennine Express.

History[edit]

The original station was about 400 yards (400 m) north-east of the current location, at “The Breck”.[1] The railway to the fishing town of Fleetwood passed along a straight line east of the town. From 1846, there was a junction to Blackpool just north of the station, with tight connecting curves facing either way. In 1893 a fatal accident occurred when a train took the curve too fast.[2][3] Subsequently, in 1896, the tracks were realigned to follow a much gentler westward curve to Blackpool, with the new station halfway along the curve. The Fleetwood branch then curved to the east to rejoin the original alignment. The old station continued to be used as a goods station until 1968.[4]

Passenger services to Fleetwood were withdrawn by British Rail on 1 June 1970 during railway restructuring, although a freight service continued to the ICI plant at Burn Naze Halt until 1999. The line is still extant, albeit in a rusty & overgrown state (and officially marked out of use). Since June 2006, there have been plans to restore the passenger rail link to Fleetwood via Thornton; a £30,000 feasibility study will need to be undertaken to explore the re-instatement of the link and the addition of a third platform at Poulton-le-Fylde.[5]

Services[edit]

The station is now served by trains to and from Blackpool North and towards Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport; Manchester Victoria; York via Blackburn and Leeds; and Liverpool Lime Street. All southbound routes have a basic hourly frequency, although Liverpool trains only call during the morning peak.

Sundays see hourly services to Manchester Airport, Manchester Victoria, Liverpool Lime Street and York. The station is also served by a single DalesRail service to Carlisle via Settle during the summer months and to Hellifield (for onward travel to Settle & Carlisle) for the remainder of the year.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Mitchell & Hartley, p.59
  2. ^ Welch, p.27
  3. ^ Suggitt, p.38
  4. ^ Suggitt, pp.37–38
  5. ^ "£30,000 feasibility study for Poulton to Fleetwood line could go ahead". Railway Herald (239). 2010-09-20. p. 15. Retrieved 2010-09-21. 

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External links[edit]

Maps showing
Poulton-le-Fylde (old) Station
Vision of Britain —select 19th Century: OS 1st Series
OS 1:2500 Map on MARIO (about 1892)
OS 1:10000 Map on MARIO (about 1848)
Other maps

53°51′04″N 2°59′15″W / 53.8510°N 2.9875°W / 53.8510; -2.9875

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Layton   Northern Rail
Caldervale Line
  Kirkham & Wesham
Layton   Northern Rail
Blackpool Branch Line
  Kirkham & Wesham
Blackpool North   First Transpennine Express
TransPennine North West
  Preston
Disused railways
Thornton for Cleveleys   Preston and Wyre Joint Railway
Fleetwood Branch Line
  Singleton
Bispham Preston and Wyre Joint Railway
Blackpool Branch Line